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Sharon Pitt, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO
Sharon P. Pitt named vice president for information technology and chief information officer

Pitt is currently vice president for information technologies and chief information officer at Brown University in Rhode Island. Her new position takes effect on Feb. 1, 2024.

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Virginia Tech streamlines software procurement through two new processes

Improved processes spearheaded by the IT Transformation Program are making it easier for Virginia Tech departments to get the software they need, when they need it.

Zoom Phone Migration

Network Infrastructure and Services (NI&S) is currently preparing users and service managers to migrate from the Avaya phone system to Zoom’s Phone and Call Center solutions, based on the familiar Zoom platform.

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Google and Microsoft Service Changes at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is modifying the service decision on Google Workspace in response to a statement from Microsoft on upcoming major changes to their licensing model for higher education institutions. While costs to the university for Google storage are slated to increase beginning in July 2024, the costs of Microsoft’s storage will also be significantly higher beginning in July of 2025.

Application Restrictions - TikTok, WeChat, others

A new state law requires Virginia Tech to cease use of TikTok and other applications developed by ByteDance or Tencent for any official university purposes, effective July 1, 2023, and to stop accessing these applications from university-owned devices or using the university's networks. In addition to TikTok, these applications include: Capcut, Hypic, and ULike (from ByteDance), and WeChat, WeCom, Tencent QQ, QQmail, Tencent Video, and Tencent Music (from Tencent). Other apps may also be included.

Nine colleagues who have worked on IPv6 at Virginia Tech smile in group photo.
Moving the internet beyond its boundaries

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the university's first implementation of the IPv6 protocol on its networks.

Minh-An Pence, Human Resource Divisional Director
Minh-An Pence named human resources director for the Division of Information Technology

Minh-An Pence will lead the Division of Information Technology’s human resources (HR) team and join a growing cadre of HR division directors across the university.

Dale Pike, the associate vice provost of TLOS, poses across the Drillfield from Burruss Hall.
Dale Pike promoted as part of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies reorganization

Dale Pike, executive director of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), has been promoted to the rank of associate vice provost and will now report to Executive Vice Provost Don Taylor.

Terry Herdman stands in front of the Wright House on Virginia Tech's campus
Terry Herdman, associate vice president for research computing, retires after 48 years of service

Terry Herdman, associate vice president for research computing, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics, and professor of mathematics, retired from Virginia Tech effective Sept. 9, 2022.

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New dashboard provides updates on IT Transformation program

The dashboard provides a succinct overview of active and future projects, as well as detailed information about each active project, including descriptions of project highlights, deliverables, progress made on deliverables, and any existing issues.

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New interactive campus map features accessible navigation, improved user experience

Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus has a new interactive campus map with a cleaner layout, real-time update capabilities, and a navigation tool that helps users find accessible pathways.

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IT Transformation at Virginia Tech

The IT Transformation is a program focused on strengthening IT across Virginia Tech. The program aims to increase alignment of core IT organizations, processes, and services; build a stronger culture of collaboration; foster innovation and efficiency across the university; enable comprehensive shared governance; reduce our risks related to cybersecurity; and improve career pathways and support for IT professionals to assist in the recruitment and retention of our valued employees. The IT Transformation seeks to foster innovation and efficiency across the university.

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University Data Governance Council (UDGC)

To enhance our reporting and data analytics capabilities and to enable informed decision-making, Virginia Tech is actively evolving our ability to manage, maintain, and fully utilize institutional data. In furtherance of this objective, the University Data Governance Council (UDGC) was established in August of 2020.

BYOB Neurodiversity in STEM Careers Event April 28, 2021
Bring Your Own Brain: April 28, 2021

Join us for panel discussion exploring neurodiversity in the workplace, with a focus on STEM industries. This Zoom webinar is free and all are welcome to register.

Virginia Tech celebrates 50 years of computer science
Virginia Tech celebrates 50 years of computer science

In January 2021, the computer science department launched a semester-long set of virtual programs to celebrate its 50th anniversary on a special dedicated site, with a video message from Cal Ribbens, computer science department head, and Julie Ross, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering.

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Virginia Tech’s Citizens Broadband Radio Service licenses, administered by the Division of IT, featured in Virginia Business

Virginia Business recently featured Virginia Tech's new CBRS licenses, which the Division of IT administers and played a significant role in obtaining for the university.

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Join us in congratulating our graduating IT student employees (and employee-students!)

Please join us in saying CONGRATULATIONS!!! to our Division of IT student workers (and employee-students!) who are graduating in spring/summer 2020.

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COVID-19: Technology Resources

The following resources from the Division of IT will help you navigate the technology needed to successfully teach, take classes, and work remotely as Virginia Tech modifies its operations for fall 2020.

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COVID-19: Technology Resources

The following resources from the Division of IT will help you navigate the technology needed to successfully teach, take classes, and work remotely as Virginia Tech modifies its operations for fall 2020.

Stephanie “Nikki” Lewis
Honors College assistant professor receives grant to improve student access to computational research

Stephanie “Nikki” Lewis, collegiate assistant professor in the Honors College, has been awarded a 4-VA Grant through the Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) division to conduct a course redesign in the Honors College.

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Data-Driven IT Support Operations and Decision-Making: A Grassroots Effort

Data-driven decision-making can occur at either the strategic level or the operational level. While data-driven decision-making at the strategic level often requires a carefully considered plan, significant investment, and a top-down approach, data-driven decision-making at the operational level can be a grassroots effort that does not require significant financial or personnel investment.

Video for Instruction
Video for Instruction: establishing a comprehensive video strategy for the future

It can seem a bit magical to users when enterprise-wide programs change service providers, but a peek inside the process reveals the teamwork and planning required to get from idea to launch. The VFI group was charged to evaluate all the available, innovative, and affordable service options for using video in teaching and learning with a specific focus on services not requiring proprietary hardware or file formats.

Banner 9 Rollout Has Begun
A gradual rollout of Banner 9 has begun in some administrative offices

On March 12, 2018, a gradual rollout of Banner 9 administrative pages began in a few administrative offices on campus, including the Bursar’s Office, the Registrar’s Office, and others. Banner 9 is the next generation of the university's enterprise resource planning system, which provides integrated management of our core business processes.

Hidden Figures: Into the Future
Hidden Figures: Into the Future

Come to Virginia Tech on March 20 to attend a free matinee showing of the acclaimed motion picture Hidden Figures in Haymarket Theater (doors open at 3:30pm). Events are free of charge, but you do need to pre-register so that we can keep track of how many spaces are left.

G Suite for Education
Virginia Tech Google accounts no longer uses a separate password; Google apps moved to VT Login service

Virginia Tech Passphrase Rules
More-secure passphrases replaced passwords

To ensure the security of personal data and university resources, the Division of Information Technology is updating account creation and management processes and implementing new password complexity rules on January 29th.

Keeping track of your eduroam (WiFi) password is about to get easier

When you need to re-enter your eduroam WiFi password (aka your Network Password), can you remember it? Neither can we! To help, the process is about to get easier. Beginning January 29th, you will be able to retrieve or re-set an auto-generated password each time you need to connect a device.

Cyber Security Awareness Month
Tips to practice good online safety habits

Improve your online experience and increase your security by practicing good online safety habits with these tips and advice.

Cyber Security Awareness Month
Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness month! Improve your online experience and increase your security by practicing good online safety habits with these tips and advice.

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Wi-Fi service added to more outdoor campus locations

To enable learning and collaboration outside the classroom, outdoor wireless coverage has been added outside numerous locations throughout campus.

OneCampus is the new hub for online academic, business, and personal transactions while at the university.
Find and connect to university services on Virginia Tech's OneCampus site

OneCampus is the new hub for online academic, business, and personal transactions while at the university.

Virginia Cyber Range

At a Sept. 6 ceremony, the Virginia Cyber Range was presented with the 2017 Governor’s Technology Award for innovative use of technology in education. "This Governor’s Technology Award recognizes both the outstanding accomplishments of the Cyber Range to date and its unique potential for long-term impact,” said Scott Midkiff, vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

FCC grants streamlined request process for experimental radio licenses on Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus

Virginia Tech’s Division of Information Technology was recently granted a Program Experimental License by the Federal Communications Commission.

Information Technology Symposium
Information Technology Symposium

To support the exchange of information and greater collaboration between all IT professionals at Virginia Tech, the IT Council and the Division of IT are hosting a new program called the IT Symposium. The inaugural event is coming up on the afternoon of April 7, 2017.

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

Join us on February 7th for “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” a documentary exploring the role of women and minorities in data science and STEM. After the movie, Lauren States leads a panel of software developers and engineers including Jessica Self, Racheida Lewis, Ashima Athri, and Mary Martin in discussing issues of gender and race in today’s technology fields.

Virginia Cyber Range
Virginia Cyber Range

Working with eight other public institutions of higher education across Virginia, Virginia Tech is leading an effort to create a state-of-the-art platform for cybersecurity education.


Summit, Virginia Tech’s new research proposal management system, simplifies the development and internal submission of research proposals for faculty and research administrators.

IT Advisory Council
Advisory Council

In June, the IT Advisory Council, comprised of 12 Division employees, was formed to help the Division of IT become more effective, user-centered, and fully committed to enhancing the missions of Virginia Tech. The council will gather observations and experiences from all over the Division - what’s working, what needs to be improved; and then help to translate that information into plans for action.

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Helping faculty make the switch to Canvas

To help faculty make the switch from Scholar to Canvas, TLOS is offering a range of resources including classes, one-on-one canvas consultations, and detailed guides and instructions. The Destination: Canvas campaign will continue through the summer and fall to help connect teaching faculty with the resources they need to get started. Scholar will be decommissioned at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

2-Factor Authentication will become mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech on July 4th, 2016.
2-Factor Authentication becomes mandatory July 4!

2-Factor Authentication will become mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech on July 4th, 2016. If you have not yet enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so!

Eduroam wireless network service at Virginia Tech
Eduroam wireless network service at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use the eduroam wireless (WiFi) network, which also enables internet access at participating universities and institutions.

David Duckett recognized for outstanding leadership
David Duckett recognized for outstanding leadership

In recognition of his strength as a leader, David Duckett has received the university's 2016 McComas Staff Leadership Award, which honors the significant leadership contribution of staff members employed at Virginia Tech for at least one year.

Pearson Hall Opening
Pearson Hall Opening

Pearson, the first of two new Corps of Cadets residence halls on the Upper Quad, contains 234 dorm rooms with study and lounge spaces on each level. The 101,422-square-foot building has five above-ground floors, a basement, and a room for storing the corps' cannon, Skipper.

Awarding Certificates
Employee Certificate Development Program

Members of the Information Technology team were recognized for successful completion of the university’s Employee Certificate Development Program.

2-Factor Authentication
University 2-Factor Authentication

In response to recent phishing scams and related vulnerabilities, Virginia Tech is implementing a high-security login process referred to as 2-factor authentication. An attack on your password isn't enough to allow unauthorized access to information when logging in also requires use of a physical device.

Virginia Tech chooses Canvas as next generation learning management system

Virginia Tech has selected the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) by Instructure to replace Scholar as the university’s primary platform for course management. The highly-rated Canvas LMS is more intuitive, more portable, more efficient, and more deeply connected to the learning experience than Scholar.

What you should know about tax-related identity theft

The IRS defines tax-related identity theft as theft that occurs when someone uses your stolen social security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Employees are urged to be vigilant in protecting their social security number and to be aware of the risk of tax-related identity theft.

HPC day 2015
High Performance Computing Day 2015

HPC Day is a day-long showcase of current Virginia Tech supercomputing projects and large-scale research computing. HPC makes it possible for engineering, biological and physical sciences, social research, economics, genomics, and mathematics to leap forward faster than ever, by running simulations and models faster and more comprehensively than was ever before possible.

eduroam Wireless Network at Virginia Tech
eduroam Wireless Network at Virginia Tech

The secure worldwide federated network access service developed for the international research and education community is known as eduroam (education roaming). This federation can be used at Virginia Tech by faculty, staff, and students, as well as by visitors from participating institutions.

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Virginia Tech creates digital repository for Kenya law archive

Brett Shadle, associate professor of history at Virginia Tech, has partnered with Kenya Law and the Virginia Tech Discovery Commons to offer a freely accessible digital archive of the Kenya Gazette.

Boys and Girls Clubs Outreach and Engagement
Boys and Girls Clubs Outreach and Engagement

Thanks to Computer-Integrated Learning Spaces, a unit of Information Technology within Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, children served by the James River Boys and Girls Club will have access to technology on par with the learning spaces on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg.


"VTHacks" inaugural hackathon took place in April of 2014. Modeled after popular hackathon events proliferating across the east coast of the U.S., participants are challenged to develop innovative ideas for software and hardware development. These events promote applied creativity through intensive collaboration and experimentation over 36 hours, during which participants compete in teams of 2-4 people to develop new ideas, or “hacks.”

Tech Teams

Tech Teams is an initiative administered by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) to evaluate emerging technologies. Teams are comprised of interested individuals from all over the university. At the conclusion of their rapid evaluation, team members publish their experiences and opinions on the Tech Teams blog.

Collaborative Computing Solutions
Collaborative Computing Solutions

Collaborative Computing Solutions is a unit of the Division of Information Technology, led by Marc DeBonis. It provides a means to consolidate Microsoft Windows expertise and system administration and provide stable, scalable, and secure customer-focused systems, services and solutions. This new department is responsible for the Hokies Active Directory infrastructure, Exchange email and calendaring, Hyper-V virtualization, Office 365, Active Directory child domain management, and related services.

Distributed Antenna System
Distributed Antenna System

The Distributed Antenna System (DAS) improves the cellular coverage and capacity within Lane Stadium, including the stadium bowl, all interior and exterior levels, and the parking lots on the northeast, south and west sides.

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High Performance Computing Day

HPC Day is being held April 11, 2014. This inaugural day-long event includes tours, short research talks, keynote addresses, and a poster session.

A new business intelligence system for data analytics

Virginia Tech has awarded a contract for a new business intelligence system (BIS) to MicroStrategy. The new system replaces aging software, and will expand the functionality of reporting and analytic tools to wider university communities.

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)
Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) emerges from the redesign and restructuring of two award-winning entities at Virginia Tech, known previously as Learning Technologies and the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning. TLOS is dedicated to supporting technology-enhanced teaching and learning throughout the university.

VT BlueRidge High Performance Computing
VT BlueRidge High Performance Computing

BlueRidge is Virginia Tech’s latest and largest computing asset. This Cray CS300-ACcluster was ranked in the Top500 list, the industry-standard ranking of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers. Its measured 86.3 teraflops—86.3 trillion floating point operations per second—is more than eight times the computing power provided by System X, which put Virginia Tech on the supercomputing map in 2003.

Virginia Tech receives InCommon Silver assurance for identity credentials

Virginia Tech became the first university to be certified to assert a "Silver" level of assurance with the InCommon Federation. InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a secure and privacy-preserving trust fabric for research and higher education, and their partners, in the United States. InCommon operates an identity management federation, as well as a related assurance program. Assurance practices determine the confidence in the accuracy of a user's electronic identity and help mitigate risk for the provider of services within the federation.

Unified Communications

The first implementation of Unified Communications was at the end of July 2012 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Representing the special case of the hospitality industry, the Inn presented challenges of equipping the hotel’s guest rooms, conference rooms, and public spaces, as well as those administrative offices that have communications services needs more similar to other university departments.


TelePresence improves videoconferencing’s two-way audio and video telecommunication experience by offering high definition video communication, using the best equipment available, and allowing for complete network control. While videoconferencing operates on television style sets, Telepresence’s 55-inch plasma screens allow the “life size” view of the remote location to include important details like facial gestures and real-time eye contact. This immersive experience means participants at a distant site feel as if they were physically present in the room.

IBM awarded five-year contract to transform campus telecommunications services

“With this contract in place, the Virginia Tech community can begin to look forward to a having well integrated, greatly improved communications services as part of our daily activities,” said William Dougherty, executive director of Network Infrastructure and Services. “We can look forward to a wide range of improvements, from caller ID and more robust conference and collaboration capabilities, to integrated voice, email, and fax messaging, and improved support for cell phones and other mobile devices.”

Invent The Future: VT 2020

In Fall of 2010, Erv Blythe and Daniel Wubah, vice president and dean for undergraduate education, charged the 18-member task force with developing a vision plan on the best use of instructional technology at Virginia Tech in the next decade and beyond. Co-chaired by Anne Moore and Peter Doolittle, the task force convened meetings between January and May 2011, hearing presentations and engaging in discussions about the future for instructional technology at large. In particular, the task force sought to envision what Virginia Tech might look like in 2020 in order to realize the possibilities for instructional technology to benefit learning.

Virginia Tech Global Server

On March 16, 2011, Virginia Tech established a new digital certificate service to issue Virginia Tech Global Servercertificates at no cost to Virginia Tech users. With a contract with Global Sign in place, these new certificates benefit from automatic trust by most popular Web browsers and applications. This relationship provides a major step forward in maintaining website security by providing a trusted digital certificate without the expense of purchasing a commercial digital certificate for each website needing one.

Discovery Commons

Discovery Commons is the new research repository managed through Digital Imaging and Archiving. The commons provides a place to view and explore online resources, and offers coordinated support for digitizing, image development, and repository site development. More than just a storage location, the research repository provides an online environment with easy navigation through the content, allowing researchers to find information readily.

Unified Communications Coming

Virginia Tech is planning a transition from the existing campus telephone and voice mail system to a new system which will enable the university community to access new and emerging technologies. The planned system and communications model is often referred to as Unified Communications.

Capital Project for Campus Fiber Optic Improvement Project

The university's 2010-2016 Six-Year Capital Plan approved on March 23, 2009 includes a project to improve the campus network and communication infrastructure. The university’s technology infrastructure is integral to supporting the institution’s core mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The current fiber-optic backbone is outdated and needs to be upgraded. The physical infrastructure installed over 20 years ago no longer has sufficient capacity to meet existing demand and will not be able to meet future demand as new facilities come on-line.

Grant from federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

The U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) awarded a grant to extend Virginia's open-access fiber optic backbone into the central Appalachian region of the state. The grant enables extension of the state network, adding 110 miles of fiber from Bedford through Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, and Montgomery counties.

Progress Continues in Virginia Tech's Blackboard-to-Scholar Transition

Blackboard is being replaced by Scholar and will no longer be available for course use after August 16, 2010. Learning Technologies offers workshops and other transition resources to assist instructional faculty and graduate assistants with the transition throughout the spring and summer.


VT STARS - the Virginia Tech Summer Training Academy for Rising Students - has been a program to motivate economically disadvantaged high school students to pursue advanced education in information technology or IT-intensive careers in the sciences and engineering. Funding was, in part, from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education.

High Performance Parallel Computing Bootcamp

Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia host the High Performance Parallel Computing Bootcamp from July 28 to August 2, 2008. The bootcamp introduces graduate students, faculty members, and research staff members to the basics of high performance parallel computing.

Information Technology Security Task Force
Information Technology Security Task Force

The Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Task Force was formed in December, 2003, to review the security of the university's information technology environment. The goals of the task force are to: • identify current methods of securing VT computing and network resources; • identify ways to improve security; and • propose specific solutions and initiatives to enhance the security of the Virginia Tech information technology environment.

Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) Update

The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to extend CALEA provisions to the Internet and providers of facilities-based Internet access or voice-over-IP. For more information, see the American Council on Education's press release or the Information Technology Association of America's (ITAA) Security Implications of Applying the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act to Voice over IP.

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eCorridors Program

Access to advanced communications and network infrastructure has become critical for ensuring economic competitiveness in today's global economy. Beyond standard telephone systems and basic Internet access, communities are suddenly finding that businesses and other stakeholders are making specific demands for access to fiber optic infrastructure with very explicit route diversity and fiber specification requirements. Communities with advanced fiber, wireless, and "next generation" Internet infrastructure will have a distinct competitive advantage.

Local Multipoint Distribution Service

The Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) spectrum represents the largest block of spectrum ever auctioned and Virginia Tech was the only university that participated as a bidder in the auction. LMDS enables wireless communications at gigabit speeds - thousands of times faster than most current communications systems for "last-mile" voice and data services.

Wireless Campus Infrastructure

The intent for the wireless campus infrastructure project is that Communications Network Services, a division of Network Infrastructure and Services, will enter into a long-term relationship with a qualified carrier and its equipment and content partners in order to deliver state-of-the-art wireless voice, data, and Internet services as well as unified messaging on and off campus, in order to improve teaching and learning, and to enhance research.


NetworkVirginiang is an advanced, broadband network delivering Internet and intranet services statewide. It is the result of a project led by Virginia Tech in association with Old Dominion University and the Virginia Community College System to develop universal access to competitive, advanced digital communications services for all of Virginia.

EDUCAUSE honors Virginia Tech for innovative achievements

For more than a decade, Virginia Tech has demonstrated a strong university-wide commitment to improving learning through technology. "At this institution serving nearly 28,000 FTE students, focused planning has resulted in a multi-disciplinary culture of technological innovation grounded in a suite of supporting programs that includes the Center for Innovation in Learning (CIL), Faculty Development Institute (FDI), Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI), and the well-known and frequently emulated Math Emporium, which traces its roots to early FDI workshops," according to EDUCAUSE.